Monty has established a reputation as one of the most entertaining and thought-provoking speakers in the UK. His talks cover the full range of events and occasions – from small, intimate dinners and seminars, through to international conferences with several thousand delegates. His talks are based on his experiences as a Royal Marines Officer, as an expedition leader, working with natural history film crews, and as a tv presenter and broadcaster.
The predominant themes are the adventures and mis-haps of the individuals and groups he has worked with, allowing pertinent team building and leadership messages to be incorporated into his presentations as required. Although entirely happy to speak without the use of images, Monty has had the good fortune to be accompanied by truly world-class cameramen and photographers on many of his projects, resulting in a series of beautiful images and stunning video footage. These act as a vivid back-drop to his talks, bringing the stories alive and creating an unforgettable experience for those in the audience.
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Monty is an ex-Royal Marines Officer who worked for Nelson Mandela during the peace process in the early nineties. He left the Marines to pursue a career in expeditions, travel journalism and biology.
The first stage of this was becoming qualified as a marine biologist at Plymouth University, where he achieved a First Class Honours Degree in 1999. He funded his degree by running expeditions, the most notable of which was leading a multi-national team to the discovery of a sunken city of the Indian coast in 2002. During this period he also led four expeditions to Southern Africa, three to Malawi in order to explore the ecosystem of the lake and investigate poaching activity on the Nyika Plateau, and one to South Africa to dive looking for evidence of prehistoric settlements in cave systems off the Cape. For these expeditions he was awarded the Bish Medal for his services to exploration by the Scientific Exploration Society.
He went on to set up his own expedition company in 2003, completing four circumnavigations of the globe over the next four years seeking out the greatest encounters in the ocean. This quickly bought him to the attention of television, and he was asked to compete in the flagship Channel 4 show “Superhumans”, where elite performers were pitched against one another in a series of tests devised by the Qinetiq testing centre.
Monty won this competition, and was immediately asked to present further series for Channel 4, National Geographic, the History Channel, Channel 5, and the BBC. He is best known for his three BBC2 series “Great escapes” where he lived on the west coast of Scotland and Ireland with his dog Reuben. He also presented the multi-award winning series “Great Barrier Reef”. He has recently finished filming a ground-breaking expedition series called Lost Worlds for the Discovery Channel. He has written seven books, and is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers.
Monty retains his formative interest and enthusiasm for the natural world, and is Ambassador for various conservation groups. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Plymouth University in 2010.
Over the last decade Monty’s real passion has become leadership and team building. He is in demand nationally and internationally as a speaker and trainer, and runs courses out of his base in Dartmouth, south Devon, or travels to work with various organisations throughout the UK.